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55-year-old plays for South Carolina St.

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On November 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm EST

South Carolina State player Joe Smith Sr. has accomplished a lifelong dream on Saturday afternoon. The 55-year-old played a snap on a college football game.

Smith Sr. — who has practiced with the team for the past four-years — had a carry for three-yards. By doing so in the first quarter against Savannah State, he was able to check this off his bucket list.

While the NCAA doesn’t keep these kinds of statistics on who is the oldest player to ever play in a game, it is believed that Smith Sr. is the oldest player to do so.

Earlier this week, his son Joe Smith Jr. said he spoke with the coaching staff and that he would play. Smith Jr. Is a member of the Green Bay Packers.

Smith Sr. was raised in a small town called Blackville, S.C., which is 40 minutes away from Orangeburg, S.C., the location of South Carolina State. He was born partially deaf, before at age 17, he got his hearing back with the help of doctors.

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